MEMBERS of the public are being encouraged to take part in a free bowls 'taster' at a Flintshire club.

Gladstone Bowling Club in Hawarden will be joining in with Bowls England's "Bowls' Big Weekend," which is a national event taking place across the final weekend in May. 

Back for its fourth year, it provides the opportunity for people to give bowls a go for free.

Gladstone Bowling Club will be taking part on Monday, May 27.

The club's gates will be open for 'eight-year-olds to 98-year-olds to have a taster of the sport.'

Members will be on hand to give guidance and tell attendees more about the game.

Simon Walker, chairman of the thriving Gladstone Bowling Club for 17 years, said: “Crown green bowls the oldest non-contact sport in the world and can be played by anyone from the age of eight up to 98! 

"I have been bowling for over 40 years and my father was still bowling at 91-year-old.

"Crown green bowling is an inclusive sport which can be played by all abilities. 

"You can start from any age and develop a lifelong love of the sport and everything it has to offer. 


"Apart from the physical benefits, it also has psychosocial benefits, strengthening friendships or creating new ones in groups.”

Anyone interested is encouraged to go along on Monday, May 27, to meet some members and have a game on the green. 

Pop in any time between 12pm and 4pm. 

The club is on The Highway, near Gladstone playing fields, opposite the high school.

Mr Walker added: "No need to bring anything with you.

"Tuition and bowls will be provided but you must wear trainers or flat soled-shoes to go on the bowling green."